Memorial Day travel weekend sees 1,000 more cancellations on Sunday

Nearly 4,800 US flights have been canceled since Friday, and another 1,100 on Sunday morning, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.
Delta Airlines (DAL) is the most affected by cancellations, with more than 400 flights canceled on Saturday and Sunday. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where Delta is headquartered and its largest hub, is heavily impacted by travel issues.

The carrier blamed Saturday’s cancellations on bad weather and “air traffic control actions” on Friday, saying it was trying to cancel flights at least 24 hours in advance.

United canceled 23 flights on Saturday and JetBlue canceled 10, representing about 1% of carrier operations

On Thursday, Delta announced it was cutting its summer flight schedule ahead of Memorial Day weekend. From July 1 to August 7, the airline announced that it would cut around 100 daily flights, mainly to the United States and Latin America.

“More than ever in our history, the various factors that are currently impacting our operations – weather and air traffic control, supplier personnel, rising COVID case rates contributing to higher than expected unplanned absences in certain workgroups – results in an operation that doesn’t always live up to the standards Delta has set for the industry in recent years,” Allison Ausband, director of customer experience, said in an online post.

Airlines are also preemptively canceling 230 flights on Monday. Delta has cut 53 so far.

Delta said in its post that it will issue travel waivers to those affected by inclement weather in the Southeast and Northeast this weekend. The the hardest-hit airports, which include the New York and Washington, DC areas, are listed on the company’s website.

Delta said it expects about 2.5 million customers to fly over Memorial Day weekend, a 25% increase from last year. AAA estimated that 3 million Americans would travel by air over the weekend.

Separately, JetBlue said it would cut its summer schedule by 8% to 10%. Alaska Airlines has reduced its schedule by about 2% through June to match “flying capacity”.

— CNN’s Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.

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